Nostalgia Alert! Here’s Why We Love Vintage Needlework Christmas Stockings

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This decoration truly stands the test of time.

I love decorating for the holidays. There’s something so magical about displaying the same items, year after year. Whether it’s the wooden sleigh from my grandfather or the reindeer ornaments I collect, my Christmas decor is strongly tied to nostalgia.

One item in particular takes center stage: the cross-stitch Christmas stockings my mother made when I was a child. Each year they’re proudly hung from the mantel, a true labor of love. These stockings are a tradition in my family—and with many of my coworkers, too. Here’s what you need to know about this old-school trend—and how to bring it home for the holidays.

Next, check out these other vintage Christmas decorations we love.

How to Make Stitched Christmas Stockings

If you’re crafty with a needle, there are plenty of festive stocking patterns on sites like Etsy. Cross-stitchers will love this snowy Santa or festive moose, while crocheters will appreciate these chunky cabled stockings. Knitting your stockings? Try this adorable holly pattern. And, if you want a real throwback, try a latch hook stocking kit.

Regardless of the method, we suggest starting early. You’ll likely need a few weeks (if not months!) to finish, especially if you’re stitching stockings for multiple family members or have chosen a complex design.

Where to Buy Them

Short on time? There are plenty of options for pre-made, personalized stockings, too. Lands’ End has a number of festive options. As does Personal Creations. For a homemade touch, turn to these hand-knit beauties.

No matter the method, you can rest easy knowing your stockings will be a cherished addition to the holidays for years to come.

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Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.